Public Safety Cadets
Legal Counsel

Jerald Jacobs

Public Safety Cadets is honored to have Jerald Jacobs act as our Legal Counsel. Mr. Jacobs is a Washington attorney and head of the Nonprofit Organizations practice of the Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP law firm. That practice annually provides legal counseling and advocacy for over 150 national trade associations, professional societies, cause organizations, and charities. He is also head of the 75-attorney Public Practices Section of the firm. Mr. Jacobs has been focused on the legal representation of nonprofit organization clients for over two decades. His practice includes antitrust and trade regulation, health law, litigation, nonprofit corporate governance and transactions, federal income tax exemption, and federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Jacobs is General Counsel for ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership, the 24,000-member national professional society of nonprofit organization staff executives. He founded ASAE and The Center’s 4,000-member Legal Section and chaired its Section Council for three years, and for the past ten years he has been the keynote speaker at its Legal Symposium. He has also served on ASAE’s Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors of the ASAE Foundation. He chaired ASAE’s Government Affairs Committee for two years. He has received ASAE’s Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor presented to associate members of the Society.

Mr. Jacobs has written extensively on legal and governmental issues for nonprofit organizations. His book credits include Association Law Handbook, 4th ed. (2007) and its biennial supplement Association Law Update (2009); Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (2004; with Jefferson C. Glassie); Associations and the Law (2002); Federal Lobbying Law Handbook, 2nd ed. (1993); and Legal Risk Management for Associations (1995; with David W. Ogden, currently Deputy Attorney General of the United States).

In 2002, Mr. Jacobs was named “Outstanding Nonprofit Attorney” by the American Bar Association. In 1998 Mr. Jacobs presented a paper on tort law risks to nonprofit organizations before the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, and in 1999 he presented a paper on antitrust risks to ABA’s Section of Business Law. Mr. Jacobs has advised the governments of the European Union and the Peoples Republic of China on nonprofit/nongovernmental organization issues.

Mr. Jacobs holds undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University and studied at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. He has served as an adjunct professor in the area of nonprofit organization law at The George Washington University. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, before several federal district and circuit courts, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Dawn Crowell Murphy

Dawn Murphy is a Senior Associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and advises nonprofit organization clients on a wide variety of legal matters, including governance, tax, regulatory compliance, employment, antitrust, intellectual property, contract and transactions. With association in-house experience, Dawn brings a comprehensive perspective to counseling trade associations, professional societies and other tax-exempt organizations. Dawn assists with all aspects of nonprofit organizations, including formation, policies and practices, tax exemption and implications, event and vendor agreements, and major transactions such as mergers or joint ventures. She is also experienced in matters of privacy and protection of intellectual property.

As an attorney in Pillsbury's Nonprofit Organizations Practice, she provides counsel to trade and professional associations, charities and foundations, and other tax exempt organizations on a wide variety of legal matters, including corporate governance, affiliate and chapter relationships, lobbying, and employment matters.

Ms. Murphy is a member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and has served multiple years on the Legal Section Council.  She is a frequent speaker and author for Association of Corporate Counsel and ASAE.  Ms. Murphy has written and contributed to numerous publications in her field.  

Prior to joining Pillsbury Law, Ms. Murphy worked for the Association of Corporate Counsel as a "lawyer to an association of lawyers." She provided strategic direction for legal practice resources, oversaw practice area committees, and devised a global sponsorship system for legal content. She also served as a Law Clerk in the Maryland Court of Appeals.

Ms. Murphy earned her Juris Doctorate at the University of Virginia where she served as a Dillard Fellow.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from Wheaton College. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland.

About Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with market-leading strengths in the energy, financial services, and real estate and technology sectors. With offices in the world's major financial and technology centers, they counsel clients on all aspects of global transactions and litigation. Their multidisciplinary teams allow them to anticipate trends and offer a 360-degree perspective on complex business and legal issues—helping clients take greater advantage of opportunities and better mitigate risk.

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